# Tagged Questions

**1**

vote

**1**answer

163 views

### How to classify continuous/differentiable maps from $T^2$ to $U(N)$?

I read a physics paper, of which the main idea is based on the topological classification of maps from 3-torus to the space of $N\times N$ unitary matrices. To quote their equation (4), which gives a ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

151 views

### A simple proof that parallelizable oriented closed manifolds are oriented boundary?

So let $M$ be a smooth closed orientable real manifold such that $M$ is parallelizable, i.e., the tangent space $TM$ of $M$ is trivial. From the triviality of $TM$ we get that the Stiefel-Whitney and ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

232 views

### Topological type of Brieskorn manifolds

Let us consider the complex hypersurface and suppose that $n\geq 3$:
$$F(d,n)=\{(z_0,\ldots,z_n)\in \mathbb{C}^{n+1}:z_0^d+z_1^d+\ldots+z_n^d=0\}$$
and the link $V(d,n)=F(d,n)\cap S^{2n+1}_{\epsilon}$ ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

47 views

### Twisted calibrations and sufficient conditions on homology of sub-manifolds

I think my question is somehow easy to solve, but I'm not very familiar with algebraic topology, so I'm not able to figure out the solution for myself. I'm working on a problem in metric geometry and ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

194 views

### Invariants of solutions of systems of equations

What can be said about invariants of zero set of a function that don't change under small enough continuous perturbations of the functions? I define an $\epsilon$-perturbation $g$ of $f$ to be any ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

241 views

### Reference Request: Compact manifolds with boundary have the homotopy type of a CW-complex

Let $M$ be a compact manifold (possibly non-smooth) manifold with boundary $\partial M$.
Is the inclusion $\partial M\hookrightarrow M$ homotopy equivalent to the inclusion of a subcomplex into a ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

118 views

### Robust Invariants of a solution of systems of equations

Let $X$ be a $k$-dimensional triangulated manifold and $A:=\partial X$ be its boundary. Let $f:X\to R^d$ be a continuous function such that $g:=f|_{A\cup X^{(i-1)}}$ avoids zero and let $z_g\in Z^{i} ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

140 views

### Normal tubular neighborhood theorem for semi(or pseudo)-riemannian manifolds

Suppose you have a manifold $M$ and a closed sub-manifold $A$, and let $g$ be a semi-riemannian metric,ie, $g_x$ defines a quadratic form on $T_xM$ such that $g_x(v,v)\ge0$, but $g_x(v,v)=0$ not ...

**-1**

votes

**2**answers

161 views

### Restriction of a line bundle to a two-cycle

I am reading a paper on Chiral Differential Operators
http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0604179v3.pdf
and it says on page 23 that a line bundle over a manifold C can be characterized completely by its ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

248 views

### What is the relation between Lefschetz fixed point theorem and Poincare-Hopf theorem on vector fields?

In Dubrovin/Fomenko/Novikov Modern geometry--Methods and applications, Part II, the (Poincare-)Hopf theorem is treated in section 15.2 (see theorem 15.2.7 on page 129), while the Lefschetz theorem on ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

459 views

### Pontryagin numbers on manifolds with an $S^1$-action

Let $M$ is a smooth compact manifold with an $S^1$-action with isolated fixed points. Suppose the representation of $S^1$ at tangent spaces at all fixed points is known. Can one then find all ...

**8**

votes

**4**answers

433 views

### Cohomology classes represented by submanifolds

Let $Y\subset X$ be a codimension $k$ proper inclusion of submanifolds. If we choose a coorientation of $Y$ inside of $X$ (that is, an orientation of the normal bundle), then we get a class $[Y]\in ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

323 views

### consequence of Novikov conjecture

Novikov conjeture is a famous open problem in Geometric topology.It predicts that higher signature is oriented-homotopy invariant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novikov_conjecture
I am a student ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

249 views

### how to obtain a generalized Morse function out of a fiber bundle?

I already asked this question in MSE but did not get any answer/comment yet.
Let $M\to E\to B$ be a smooth fiber bundle. In "Parametrized Morse Theory and Its Applications,(Proceedings of the ICM, ...

**15**

votes

**2**answers

766 views

### Converse to Stokes' Theorem

Does satisfying Stokes' Theorem imply that a form is linear?
Let $M$ be an $n$-manifold. A differential $k$-form $\omega \in \Omega^k M$ assigns to each point $x \in M$ a function $\omega_x : ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

85 views

### Connecting two hypersurfaces in R^{n+1} by embedded curves

Let $M^n$ be a smooth closed embedded hupersurface in $\mathbb R^{n+1}$.
Denote by $D$ the bounded connected component of $\mathbb R^{n+1}\backslash M$.
We assume that $\mathbb R^{n+1}\backslash D$ is ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

103 views

### Existence of global sections of fibration over simply connected manifold [closed]

Let $M$ be a simply connected compact manifold with or without boundary.
Let $\pi:F\rightarrow M$ be a fibration which is locally trivial,
where the fibers are smooth manifolds of infinite dimension.
...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

209 views

### good reference on brieskorn manifold

I am trying to learn something on the Brieskorn manifold (interested in the topological property)
Can the Mathoverflow Experts give me some good refencece (in English)?
By the way,is there an ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

286 views

### Spin structures and divisibility of cohomology classes

Let me begin with some motivation. In calculating the Chern-Simons invariant of a $U(1)$ connection $A$ on a 3-manifold $M$, we can proceed by picking a bounding 4-manifold $X$ with $\partial X = M$ ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

143 views

### A classification of smooth $S^1$-actions on $\mathbb CP^3$?

Question 1. Is there a classification of smooth $S^1$-actions with isolated fixed points on the standard $\mathbb CP^3$?
Question 2. What if one additionally imposes the condition that the action ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

300 views

### Cobordism and finite sheeted covers of manifolds

Let $M$ be an oriented manifold, not necessarily compact. Let $M'$ be a (finite) $k$-sheeted cover and let $\pi:M'\longrightarrow M$ be the covering map.
Question 1 : Is it true that $M'$ is ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

634 views

### smooth manifolds as real algebraic set (continued)

There are several ways of producing manifolds,say:
1.orbits space of group action
2.connected sum of manifolds
3.underlying topological space of nonsingular algebraic set
....
here,i am ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

241 views

### Iterated Milnor fibrations and Thom's a_f condition

Ok so there's a lot of litterature about nearby cycles functor since it was introduced by Grothendieck and Deligne but I couldn't find any clear answer to the following natural question:
Problem: Let ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

97 views

### Extending a 2-frame field - manifolds with boundary

If $M$ is an orientable compact 3-manifold with boundary such that there is defined $s\in\Gamma(\partial M,V_2(TM))$ a section of the 2-frame bundle of $TM$, then $s$ extends to $\tilde ...

**12**

votes

**2**answers

787 views

### Converse of Poincaré-Hopf theorem

Let $M$ be a connected, compact, oriented manifold of dimension $n<7$. If any two maps $M \to M$ having equal degrees are homotopic, must $M$ be diffeomorphic to the $n$-sphere?

**10**

votes

**1**answer

224 views

### Analogue of singularity theory in other categories

Whitney, Thom, Mather, Arnold and others develoved the singularity theory of smooth maps.
Does there exist any analogue of this theory in the category of TOP or PL (or Lipschitz) maps?
I mean notions ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

355 views

### Is there an analogous concept for the degree of a map, when the spaces are singular?

Let $M$ and $N$ be two smooth compact, oriented manifolds and
$X\subset M$ an oriented submanifold of $M$ of dimension $k$
(not necessarily closed). Suppose in addition that $\bar{X}-X$ is contained ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

276 views

### Realization problem for Betti numbers

In Analysis Situs, PoincarÃ© studies the following question:
which sequences of integers $b_0,\ldots,b_n$ are the Betti numbers of an orientable compact manifold of dimension $n$?.
He knows that ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

325 views

### Construction of exotic spheres that do not bound parallelizable manifolds

There are at least two ways to construct homotopy spheres that bound parallelizable manifolds, namely Milnor's plumbing construction and Brieskorn's method of singularities, and each of these methods ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

441 views

### Cancellation law for $M^n\times \mathbb R= N^n\times \mathbb R$.

Assume $M^n$ and $N^n$ are null bordant, i.e. each can be realized as boundary of an $n+1$ dimensional manifold. Suppose $M^n \times \mathbb R$ is homeomorphic to $N^n\times \mathbb R$. Is there any ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

352 views

### Sum of two tangent bundles of $S^{2n}$

I was wondering if the sum $TS^{2n}\oplus TS^{2n}$ is a trivial bundle?
The same is true for spheres of odd dimension (one can find a nowhere zero section of the second bundle, add it to the first, ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

200 views

### Counting smooth structures on manifolds

Kervaire and Milnor found a formula for the number of smooth structures on the $4n - 1$ sphere (see, e.g. the last part of this MO answer). It is relatively easy to compute the number of smooth ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

401 views

### Results from Differential Cohomology

I've been working through some notes on differential cohomology for the past few months. I feel like I have a pretty decent grasp on the concepts and its construction, at least for differential ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

278 views

### A description of cellular boundary maps in terms of a Morse function

I'm writing a paper on classical Morse Theory and I'm interested in applying Morse functions to the computation of homology groups of a compact manifold $M$. The standard way in which this is done is ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

197 views

### Does the closure of a ``nice'' smooth submanifold define a homology class?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact, oriented manifold. Let
$X$ be a submanifold which is of the following type
$$X := \{ p \in M: \psi(p) =0, ~~\varphi(p) \neq 0 \} $$
where
$$ \psi: M \rightarrow V, ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

438 views

### Does the closure of a smooth algebraic always define a homology class?

Let $X\subset \mathbb{C} \mathbb{P}^{N}$ be a smooth,
algebraic (locally closed) complex
submanifold of $\mathbb{C} \mathbb{P}^N$
of complex dimension $k$. More concretely, $X$ is of the
...

**17**

votes

**3**answers

953 views

### 4D TQFT from a modular tensor category

I know the construction of a 3D topological quantum field theory (TQFT) from a modular tensor category.
I heard that we can even (mathematically) construct 4D TQFT from a modular tensor category. I ...

**6**

votes

**5**answers

408 views

### Tubular neighborhoods of chains

A positive answer to the following question would be very helpful in understanding the evaluation of differential cohomology classes on chains.
Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $c$ be a smooth ...

**8**

votes

**2**answers

317 views

### Are there analogous statements for the number of zeros of a section in terms of the Euler class, even when the relevant spaces are not manifolds?

Let $V \rightarrow M$ be an oriented rank $k$ vector bundle over a compact orientd manifold $M$. Let $X \subset M$ be a
compact topological subspace of $M$ that is a smooth oriented submanifold of
...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

188 views

### Seifert surfaces via Alexander duality

If we take a knot $K$ in $S^3$, there are several ways to construct the associated Seifert surface. One way, which I am not familiar with, I just came across in a paper I am reading. It goes like ...

**2**

votes

**4**answers

716 views

### Line bundle on $S^2$

How do you prove that a line bundle (vector bundle of rank 1) on $S^2$ is isomorphic to the trivial line bundle? Can you give a reference?
Thanks.

**4**

votes

**1**answer

290 views

### (Non)-exoticness of a diffeomorphism of a sphere

Suppose you have a standard sphere $S^n$ and a "standard" $S^{n-2}\subset S^n$. I am really thinking about $S^{n}\subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ the usual sphere, and $S^{n-2}=S^n\cap \{x_0=x_1=0\}$. Let ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

292 views

### Endomorphisms of degree d on a sphere with infinite fibers on a dense subset

Let $S^n$ be the sphere of dimension $n$. In order to construct a map $f:S^n\rightarrow S^n$ of degree $d\geq 2$ one has the following construction: Let $K$ be the complement of $d$
disjoint ...

**24**

votes

**2**answers

892 views

### Euler characteristic and universal cover

Let $M$ be a compact manifold, let $\tilde{M}$ be its universal cover, and suppose that the Euler characteristic $\chi(\tilde{M})=0$.
My question is: does this imply that $\chi(M)=0$?
This is clear if ...

**8**

votes

**0**answers

215 views

### Embeddings of hyperbolic $n$-manifolds in $R^{n+2}$

Is there any example of a compact manifold $M$ of dimension $n>10000$
such that
$M$ admits an embedding into $\mathbb R^{n+2}$,
$M$ is hyperbolic; i.e., it admits a Riemannian metric with
...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

154 views

### A category of manifolds that includes Polygonal domains

The prime motivation to introduce the category of manifolds with corners is to have a convenient theory for the analysis on simplices that is as powerful as for smooth manifolds (with boundaries).
As ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

456 views

### Intersection forms of 4-manifolds with boundary

Let $X$ be any simply connected smooth 4-manifold with a fixed Euler characteristic $e$, signature $\sigma$ and boundary $Y$. Assume that the determinant of the intersection form $Q_{X}$ is equal to a ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

305 views

### Homology and homotopy of a surface

Suppose $S$ be a closed orientable genous $g$ surface. Let $f$,$g$ be homeomorphis from $S$ to itself. Assume they induce the same map on 1st homology $H_1(S, \mathbb Z).$
My question is; does this ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

98 views

### finiteness of the dimensions of cohomologies of open subsets of a compact manifold

Let $M$ be a compact differentiable manifold which can be covered by two open subsets $U$ and $V$. Then $H_{\text{dR}}^n(M)$ is finite-dimensional for all $n$. But how about $U$, $V$ and $U\cap V$? ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

409 views

### Topological version of two results in smooth Morse theory

Morse theory is generally presented in the DIFF category. However, there is a version of Morse theory in TOP (see the post Morse theory in TOP and PL categories? for references).
It is well known ...